Foreign Office and Predecessors: Control Commission for Germany (British Element): Records Library: Files

FO 1005
Foreign Office and Predecessors: Control Commission for Germany (British Element): Records Library: Files

This series consists of formal papers such as minutes, agendas, circulated papers, reports, memoranda and publications, which were collected by the Records Section of the Control Commission for Germany. The papers were produced by: the Allied Control Authority and the various organisations under its direction; the separate bipartite (Anglo-American) and tripartite (French, British and American) organisations; and the Control Commission (British element) and its subordinate bodies.

The subject matter includes most aspects of the administration of Allied control of Germany. The records of the non Control Commission (British element) bodies lack references, for the most part, and did not form part of the original collection, but have been accumulated since its transfer to London.


The papers have been arranged by their alphabetical and numerical references. These were not wholly standardised and, in some cases, the papers of a particular body bore different references at different periods. The papers of a given body may therefore be found in different sections of the list.

Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Legal status:
Public Record
Control Office for Germany and Austria, Control Commission for Germany (British Element), Records Section, 1945-1947
Foreign Office, Control Commission for Germany (British Element), Records Section, 1944-1945
Foreign Office, Control Commission for Germany (British Element), Records Section, 1947-1953
Foreign Office, High Commission for West Germany, Records Section, 1954-1955
War Office, Control Commission for Germany (British Element), Records Section, 1945-1945
Physical description:
1981 file(s)
Access conditions:
Immediate source of acquisition:
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Custodial history:
This collection known as the Records Library was held separately from the Commission's archives, which were the responsibility of the Archives Section of the Control Commission. From time to time formal papers of this kind were added to the collection which was housed originally at the Commission's headquarters. After the dissolution of the Control Commission and the appointment of the United Kingdom High Commission in Germany, the Records Library was moved, together with other library material from Germany and Austria to the High Commission Office and later the Bonn Embassy, where it remained as a Documents and Reference Library from some years until it was brought to London.
Series is accruing
Unpublished finding aids:
FO 1005/1 contains a manuscript check-list of the papers in FO 1005/2-1962 which indicates which papers are missing from the collection.
Administrative / biographical background:

The Records Section was responsible for the collection of formal papers of the Allied Control Authority and its various organisations, of bipartite (Anglo-American) organisations and of the Control Commission (British Element) and its subordinate commissions, committees and divisions, as well as official and internal publications of these bodies.

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